RIP: South Carolina priest Beverly ‘Madre Clarisse’ Schroeder

St. Mary’s School and Rhodes College chaplain

Posted Jul 26, 2013

[Virginia Theological Seminary] The Rev. Beverly Clarisse Schroeder entered into the resurrection life on Saturday, July 20, 2013, at CarePartners’ Keever Solace Center in Asheville, NC.

Known as Beverly to her family and given the title “Madre Clarisse” by the young people she served while a chaplain at St. Mary’s School and Rhodes College, both in Memphis, TN, she was serving as Priest-in-Charge at the Church of the Good Shepherd, York, SC, at the time of her death.

Beverly was a well-educated and accomplished woman, having received a BM and MM in Violin Performance from The Manhattan School of Music, a JD from the Washington College of Law, and an MDiv in Theological Education for Ordination from The Virginia Theological Seminary.  Her career was as wide-ranging as her education and having begun as a professional concert violinist, she then worked as a concert manager for other professional musicians, followed by a time working on estates as a corporate lawyer.  Then, while an active lay chaplain, Beverly recognized and answered God’s call to the ordained ministry and was ordained a priest in The Episcopal Church on May 1, 2010.

After ordination Madre Clarisse began her ordained ministry as a Curate at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Germantown, TN, until she accepted the call to the Church of the Good Shepherd in York in February 2012.  While at Good Shepherd her joy and evangelical nature drew people to her and to Good Shepherd as she reached out to everyone she ever met.  She was an active member of the Western York County Christian Ministerial Association, a member of and Chaplain for the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina Daughters of the King, a member of the Order of St. Luke, and a board member for the York Place Episcopal Home for Children.

Beverly Clarisse was preceded in death by her beloved parents, Maria Isabel and John Schroeder.  She is survived by her brother Dr. Gerard Schroeder and his wife Sondra of Asheville NC, her brother Johan and his wife Elisabeth of Bielefeld, Germany, and nieces and nephew, Clarisse, Yannic, Isabel, Johanna and Gabrielle, and her friend The Rev’d Don Ledbetter of Rutherfordton, NC.

The Requiem Eucharist for The Rev. Beverly Clarisse Schroeder will be on Saturday, July 27, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd in York, SC.  The family will receive friends and loved ones after the service.  A luncheon will be provided by the Episcopal Church Women.  A nursery will also be provided.


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Comments (3)

  1. mary counce says:

    She was a very special person.

  2. Jim Brinson says:

    I worked with Clarisse at St. Mary’s Episcopal School in Memphis. My life was enriched by her faith and kindness.

  3. Teresa Elizabeth Lawrence says:

    I had the pleasure of meeting Beverly Madre Clarisse and served with her at the funeral service for my aunt, Phyllis Anduze. We got a chance to know one another as sisters in the Lord in the very short time we were together. She was a “kindred spirit” and a tremendous blessing to the family. Rev. Dr. Teresa E. Lawrence

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